Red Sox Being Disrespected by Projected 2022 Win Total
One of the most storied franchises in MLB history, the Boston Red Sox have made it to the playoffs just once since winning the 2018 World Series. A 92-win campaign in 2021 saw them advance all the way to the American League Championship Series, but they didn't have what it took to beat the Houston Astros.
The Red Sox have spent the offseason rounding out their roster in hopes of remaining competitive against their AL East rivals. Unfortunately, FanDuel Sportsbook's projected win total for 2022 is nothing short of disrespectful.
Boston Red Sox Projected Win Total
According to FanDuel Sportsbook, the Red Sox's over/under projected win total for the upcoming season is set at 85.5 games, which ranks tied for 12th in the MLB. What's even more disrespectful is that Boston's projected total is only better than the lowly Baltimore Orioles (61.5) when it comes to the AL East.
The Red Sox have improved their pitching depth chart this offseason, bringing in veterans Michael Wacha, James Paxton and Rich Hill. Along with Chris Sale (ribcage), Paxton (elbow) will begin the season on the injured list. Nevertheless, Boston has the potential to have one of the league's best starting rotation once everyone is healthy.
Outfielder J.D. Martinez declined his opt-out clause to remain with the Red Sox for another year. He's recorded at least 28 home runs and 99 RBIs in the last three full-length seasons, so the club will once again be relying on him and third baseman Rafael Devers (38 HRs and 113 RBIs in 2021) for offensive support.
If the Red Sox want to prove oddsmakers wrong, they must focus on winning their division first. FanDuel Sportsbook is currently giving them +600 odds to win the AL East, only ranking better than the Orioles (+20000).
Devon Platana is not a FanDuel employee. The views expressed in his articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.